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Influenza 2022

Reimbursement for private flu vaccines 

The state funded Free Flu vaccine program for NSW residents ended on 17 July 2022. 

General practices who used privately purchased flu vaccines for this program can seek remuneration for the purchase cost of vaccines administered between 1 June 2022 to 17 July 2022.

NSW Health Reimbursment forms were emailed to practices on 20 July 2022.

Step 1: Submit claim

How to claim reimbursement for private flu vaccines:

  1. Complete: reimbursement form (one form per practice) 
  2. Attach: vaccine purchase invoice
  3. Email to: MOH-NSWHealth@health.nsw.gov.au

Deadline: COB Friday 26 August 2022

A reminder email from NSW Health was sent to practices on 21 August 2022 as a reminder to submit their Flu Vaccine Reimbursement form and invoices if they wish to make a reimbursement request.

Step 2: Set up practice as a vendor 

Following submission of reimbursement claim, practices will receive a vendor set up email request from a NSW Health email address:

Once practice has been set up as a vendor:

  • Reimbursement payment will be processed by NSW Health
  • Note that it will take around 2-3 weeks for practices to receive payment

This updated Message from NSW Health regarding GP Vaccination Program Reimbursement was sent on 5 August 2022.

Need help?

FAQs Answered
  • one form should be submitted per practice
  • and the person completing the form and listed as the contact person could be a practice manager, nurse or GP.
  • provider number listed (does not need to be person completing the form)
  • include GST

NIP free flu vaccines

After 17 July 2022, immunisation providers can only provide free flu vaccines to patients who meet the NIP eligibility criteria, which include:

  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • all people aged 65 years and over
  • all pregnant women
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • people with specific medical conditions aged 6 months and over
Actions and timelines
  • Pre-allocation confirmation process for influenza vaccine will open on Monday 7 Mar 2022.
  • Providers must approve their pre-allocated order – log in to NSW Vaccine Centre portal
  • Pre-allocation confirmation closes Monday 28 March 2022
  • Influenza vaccine deliveries will commence on Monday 28 March 2022 to practices that have confirmed their pre-allocation on the NSW Vaccine Centre webpage.
Consent forms, Posters & brochures

Influenza consent forms

Order NSW Health resources

Order Department of Health resources

The 2022 season influenza resources now available to order:

  • IT0315 Influenza and pertussis vaccines for pregnant women – clinical advice for vaccination providers
  • IT0313 2022 influenza vaccines – Clinical advice for vaccination providers
  • IT0314 2022 National Immunisation Program influenza vaccines – reference guide for vaccination providers
  • IT0322 2022 seasonal influenza vaccines – eligibility through the National Immunisation Program
  • IT0316 Help stop the flu in 2022 – This year, it’s even more important to get the flu vaccine – brochure
  • IT0321 Let’s keep our mob safe from flu – poster for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • IT0319 Flu in kids can be serious – This year, it’s even more important to get the flu vaccine – poster
  • IT0320 Help stop the flu in 2022 – This year, it’s even more important to get the flu vaccine – poster

Email health@nationalmailing.com.au and quote the order ID number, the quantity of the resource you wish to order and provide your delivery address

Eligibility criteria

NSW flu vaccine funding

Commonwealth flu vaccine funding

Those eligible for a National Immunisation Program (NIP) funded flu vaccine include:

  • adults 65 years and over
  • children under 5 years
  • pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people aged 5 to 64 years with certain medical conditions.
Eligibility poster 

NSW Heath: 2022 influenza vaccine eligibility

2022 Eligibility

Flu vaccine in pharmacy
Who is eligible to receive a free flu vaccine in a pharmacy?

Any individual aged 65 years and over and who:

  • is currently well
  • has not had anaphylaxis to another vaccine or medicine

*Note: The vaccine is free, but there may be an administration fee.

*Note: Check that that pharmacy has registered for the NIP flu program and have vaccine available.

Further information
Flu vaccine in RACFs

Order influenza vaccine for RACF

Set up a new Vaccine Account Number (VAN) for RACF:

See also CESPHN RACF Immunisation webpage

World Health Organisation Global Influenza Programme 2022

Influenza Update N° 414

  • Globally, influenza activity remained low and decreased this period after a peak at the end of 2021.

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